Tropical economies and weather information
Raaj Kumar Sah
In: Monsoons, edited by Jay S. Fein and Pamela L. Stephens. Chapter 5, pages 105-119. Wiley, New York, 1987.
(Post-publication note. This chapter does not include an abstract. The excerpts below are from the chapter.)
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The thesis of this chapter is that investment in certain weather and climate-related research and applications presents an opportunity to many developing countries for making large economic gains. Most less developed countries fall within the tropical and the monsoon regions of the world. Food and agricultural production in these countries is critically influenced by weather and, since these countries are predominantly agricultural, their overall performance is highly sensitive to weather uncertainties. Moreover, many parts of the developing world are climatically "hostile" areas (such as flood-prone, drought-prone regions and deserts) or are vulnerable to weather disasters such as cyclones and typhoons.